By Lisa Johnston
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Ronkonkoma, N.Y. – Sigma introduced Wednesday a 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM full-frame “Sigma Art Lens” designed for artistic expression and image quality.
Sigma’s lens combines a basic wide to medium tele zoom range with an inner focusing system that eliminates front lens rotation, to enhance stability while allowing the use of circular polarizing filters, Sigma said.
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Newark, N.J. – Panasonic said it will ship in mid-November what it is calling the world’s smallest mirrorless compact system camera.
The pocket-sized Lumix GM1 ($749.99 suggested retail with 13-32mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens) packs many of the same core features and picture quality as the flagship Lumix GX7, but its body is roughly 50 percent smaller, or about the width and height of a playing card. The walls of the magnesium alloy body are also made thinner to significantly reduce camera weight.
New York – Sony introduced Wednesday a pair of full-format (35mm equivalent) Alpha series mirrorless “interchangeable lens cameras” and an advanced super zoom 28-200mm equivalent point-&-shoot model with a continuous F2.8 aperture.
The mirrorless ILCs include models Alpha ILCE-7r (A7r) and Alpha ILCE-7 (A7) – one built for top resolution the other for DSLR-like speed and feature full-format CMOS sensors unlike the APS-C sized sensors used in Sony’s NEX mirrorless compact system camera line.
Denver — Ricoh kicked off the online launch of its Ricoh Theta spherical-image-capture camera.
The camera, which begins selling for $399 in the United States on Tuesday, is also being rolled out to consumers in the United Kingdom, France and Germany through Ricoh Imaging online stores. It will also be sold by Ricoh on Amazon, via Theta360.com, and by B&H and Adorama.
Melville, N.Y. — Canon Information Technology Services said Monday that it has added a new customer support center in Albuquerque, N.M.
The 33,682-square-foot facility, which is located at 4041 Jefferson Plaza NE, will provide additional customer service support and technical capabilities for Canon customers.
San Mateo, Calif. — GoPro released Tuesday new iterations of its popular GoPro Hero3 action video camera, called the Hero3+.
GoPro’s latest go-anywhere FullHD video and still camera, which takes point-of-view shots, now adds improvements in low-light image quality performance over the Hero3, which launched in 2012.
Los Angeles, Calif. – JK Imaging, licensee for a line of Kodak-branded digital cameras, recently introduced its first full line of Kodak PixPro Digital Cameras and devices.
The Kodak PixPro line features advanced long-zoom models with easy to use features.
Within the assortment, the Kodak PixPro Astro Zoom series is aimed at a wide range of photo enthusiasts looking for a high value step-up from an entry point-&-shoot or camera phone.
Melville, N.Y. – Nikon introduced Wednesday its 1-Series AW1 – billed as one of the first waterproof and shockproof mirrorless compact system cameras (CSCs).
The Nikon 1 AW1 is said to be both waterproof (to a depth of 49 feet) and shockproof (from a drop of up to 6.6 feet).
The camera, which harkens back to the days of the Nikonos underwater film 35mm film cameras, includes a 14.2-megapixel Nikon CX-format CMOS sensor and captures Full HD 1080p video.
Valhalla, N.Y. – Fujifilm introduced Wednesday the X-A1 as its entry-level model in its X series of mirrorless compact system cameras.
The X-A1, which ships later this month, carries a $599 suggested retail price, and packs a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS kit lens.
The camera includes a 16.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a Bayer color filter array but omits the X-Trans image sensor of other X-Series compacts.
The camera is available in black, and includes built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
Center Valley, Pa. — Olympus has unveiled the OM-D E-M1 compact system camera (CSC), said to be as powerful as a professional DSLR.
Shipping in October, the OM-D E-M1 will carry a $1,400 suggested retail for the body alone and will stand as the company’s new premium flagship camera. It incorporates the mirrorless Micro Four Thirds image sensor technology found in Olympus’ CSC models while producing the speed and imaging characteristics of an SLR, the company said.